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Formica Realwood Lacewood used in sections of the lobby of
the Astor Hotel, New York- Designed by S, M, Ravness of
Walter M. Ballard Company,
^ ORMICA is a modern plastic finishing material
made with urea and phenolic resinoids absorbed in a
fibrous base and cured under 350 degrees of heat
Fahrenheit and 1100 lbs. of pressure to the square
inch. It offers the architect a smooth, hard, wear-
resisting covering for all types of flat surfaces. The
sheets are chemically inert which makes them stain
and spot-proof. They are available in a cigarette-
A wide range of colors — more than 70 — are offered.
Simple designs may be produced by inlaying one color
over another when the sheet is made. Metal inlays
in natural, white and anodized colors are also possible,
and photo murals may be pressed into the sheet.
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The most commonly used form is a veneer yg of ^^
inch thick which is attached to a wood backing by
gluing with Casein glue. Formica is also available as a
wall board in ^ and /% of an inch thickness. The
Formica Insulation Company operates a wood work-
ing department where the veneers may be attached to
plywood to form table tops, bar tops or counter tops,
and wall paneling, which are shipped from the For-
mica plant ready for erection.
This is a iV-inch thick sheet in which an actual wood
veneer is incorporated, providing a genuine wood
finish with all the qualities of a plastic. This genuine
wood grain receives a very beautiful finish in which all
the usual qualities of Formica are present — stability of
color, resistance to abrasion, and chemical inertness.
More than 70 colors are available, some of which are
shown on pages 6and 7 , The Series B colors are made with
urea resins and are unusually stable, can be matched
to samples, and produced in light shades. The Series A
colors are phenolic and possess the usual limitation of
phenolic colors, that they are inclined to turn toward
the yellow on exposure to light, but they are available
at lower costs.
Made in white and several colors. It nriay be had with
an opaque face in any Series B color. The material is
made in flat sheets only, but by heating in warm water
may be bent to a radius so that it will serve some of the
purposes of tubing.
ITS FACILITIES AND SERVICE
The main plant of The Formica Insulation Company
is located at Cincinnati, Ohio, and carries many
varieties of Formica sheet in stock. About two weeks
are required to produce sheet to order. Branch factories
with stocks and cutting equipment are located in New
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York and Chicago. The material is fabricated to archi-
tects' details for erection by others. Formica engineers
offer their services to the architect or designer who has
a special problem. Special colors, designs and effects
have been produced to meet requirements. For help
on any specific problem, write direct to the main office.
Formica table tops and counters, wall panels, doors,
inlaid murals are being used in stores, restaurants,
ships, public buildings, theatres, schools and homes.
TABLE AND COUNTER TOPS
Formica table tops provide beauty as well as long
service everywhere that food and drink are served.
The tops may be in solid colors, patterns, or with a
border of one color and center of another. Character-
istic inlays of monograms or of pictorial nature may
be provided to make each installation individual.
There are three surfaces — high gloss, satin or morocco.
The edges may be the same color as the top or a
contrasting color, or silver and black, or plain white
metal in the form of a heavy extruded aluminum
The tops are constructed by veneering rs-inch Formica
sheet on a five-ply center. All tops made at the
Formica factory have a sealing ply of Formica on the
bottom to prevent moisture penetrating the core and
A cigarette-proof sheet has been developed which
makes it possible — at slight additional cost — to
guarantee the tops against burning by cigarettes.
Panels for counters of all kinds are provided with
Formica surfaces- These may be in the form of
Formica wall board attached to a wood backing by
means of metal cover strips, or Formica A-inch
material veneered to plywood- Elaborate decorative
inlays may be worked into these panels in color or
Main reading room in Lifaraiy of Congress Annex at Washington, D. C.
Desk m background entirely Formica; Top and panels with inlays. So are
the shelving behind the desk and the dark panels on the walls. All table
tops Realwood Formica. Pierson & Wilson, ArchitectSn
Typical booth installed by Childs Company at New York World's Fair:
Counter tops red Formica and Formica translucent panels used in orange,
yellow and amber for illuminated designs.
Formica Realwood wall covering on the elevator lobby of a chain store
Bt Indianapolis, Ind.
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Formica fronts on card index drawers of the main catalog in the Library
of Congress Annex at Washington. Designed by Pierson 8c Wilson,
Formica doors on one of the many moving picture theaters designed by
Formica for this purpose is usually a sheet with a
Formica surface on a hardboard center which is
available in ^ and ^-inch thickness. It may be
installed with bright metal cover strips or it may be
flush joint. Construction details for both types are*
shown on pages 8, 9 and 10. If cover strips are used,
the edges of the hardboard sheets are nailed to the-
wood backing and the nails are then covered with the
metal cover strip. The thickness recommended if
this treatment is used is ^ of an inch. For flush joint
wainscot y^-inch material veneered to plywood may
be used or ^^-inch thick hardboard with tongue and
grooved wood strips glued to the edges. The material
is installed by carpenters. The sheet sizes are 24 and
36 inches wide and 42, 84 and 96 inches long.
BASING AND MOP BOARDS
Formica is used for basing on show cases and mop
boards in rooms in the form of molded channels from
4 to 8 inches wide with no fractional sizes. The
channels are backed up by wood. The material is
highly resistant to alkalies in washing solutions and
will give long service without deterioration of the
DOORS OF FORMICA
These are flush type doors with either wood, fireproof
or sound -deadening cores with such inlays in either
color or metal in the Formica surface sheets as may be
desired. Formica doors are especially adaptable to
toilet partitions as they are light and very permanent
as to surface.
Leading makers of revolving doors provide both doors
and housings veneered with Formica, which may be
in colors and with inlays.
Some very handsome elevator doors have been pro-
duced with Formica in colors and inlays. The in-
teriors of the elevator cabs may also be finished in
Formica to match the doors.
KICK PLATES AND PUSH PLATES
These are cut to dimensions from sheet Formica of
any grade, color or surface. They may be ^ or
Formica doors with inlays in the Lafayette Theater at Lafayette. Ind. J^-inch thick. The cdgCS are bcVCled and COUntCF
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sunk screw holes are provided for holding them in
place. They stand abuse, are easy to keep clean, and
do not require laborious polishing,
In the narrower sizes these are made with molded
Formica channels into which wood is glued. The
ends are veneered with Formica sheet. Stools are
fabricated to dimensions at the factory.
KITCHEN CABINET TOPS
Tops for kitchen tables and butlers' pantries, where
no sink is installed, are made in the same way that
restaurant table and counter tops are produced by
veneering ^-inch Formica sheet to plywood. Where
a sink is used with the top, plywood is not satisfactory
for a core and it is replaced with asbestos board which
will not absorb moisture and change its dimensions.
Raised edges and back and end splashes may be
provided for these tops.
FORMICA TOPS FOR BEDROOM
In hotels, clubs and steamships, where the tops of
bed or state room furniture are sometimes marred
by smokers^ they can be protected by cigarette-proof
Formica sheet which will also resist spotting with
alcohol and cosmetics. On new furniture the
Formica is usually installed at the furniture factory.
On furniture already in use it may be cemented on or
Formica signs may be produced by inlaying lettering
of one color on a background of a contrasting color or
by inlaying white or other colored metal. Signs may
also be printed in gold or silver by the Verichrome
process. Translucent Formica may be made with a
white body and an opaque face in any color. The
opaque face may be sandblasted away to form lettering
which may be illuminated from the rear.
Typical ftrst-clasa bathroom on the steamer Queen Mary in which the walla
are finished in hardboard core Formica D-24 finish.
Kitchen in which the cabinet tops are Formica and the wait covering
in a\-inch hardboard installed with metal moidings.
The Royal Suite in the Hotel Vancouver. The tops of the furniture are
Formica Bella Rosa Reaiwood in thccigarettc-proof grade.
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B — No. 524
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B — No. 386
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TABLE TOPS AND PANELS
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Formica paneling in the beauty salon of Herrod's Depart-
ment Store in London, England,
Formica bathroom in residence of Mr. Harry Kerr, The pattern
is D-28 installed on plywood with alumilited metal molding.
^ Dominion Qank branch at Ottawa modernized with
Formica check desks, Formica counter and tellers' desks,
Formica partitions and doors to manager's office, Douglas
E. Kertland, Architect, Toronto.
Formica shelving for books, large Formica wall panels made with hard-
board core material, and Formica Realwood table tops were used in this
reading room in the Annex to the Library of Congre&s- Pesigned by
Pierson & Wilson, Architects, Washington, D, C.
Formica Realwood desk tops end table tops. Formica baseboard and
chair rail in Annex to Library of Congress. Pierson & Wilson, Arch'ts.
9 Bathroom with Formica covered walls in the
home of Irving Solomon, Chicago, 111.